2006. South Korea. Kim Ki-Duk. 97 min.
Thursday, May 1, 2008, 6:15 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2006. South Korea. Written and directed by Kim Ki-Duk. With Jung-woo Ha, Ji-Yeon Park, Ji-heon Kim, Sung-min Kim, Yeong-hwa Seo, Hyeon-a Seong. Plastic surgery is something of an obsession in Korea, where it is estimated that about half of women in their twenties have their appearances surgically altered. In this recent film, Kim imagines a young woman who thinks her lover is bored with her "same old face." One day, having made a secret contract with a respected doctor to change her face—though not necessarily into something "pretty"—she disappears from her companion's life. When she reappears later as someone else, her reaction to his surprise is, in itself, surprising. In Korean; English subtitles. 97 min.